Discover Flight, LLC, exists specifically to preserve the dying era of grass roots aviation. Our founder was brought up flying in one of the country’s meccas of golden age pilot personalities, where flying wasn’t watered down, the airplanes were challenging, and the passion was alive. He specifically is on a mission to spread that as far as possible, and we are here to help make aviation great again.

Oshkosh Crew

Jamie Pittman, CFI, AGI

Appleton, WI

Jamie Pittman Portrait

Founder, President & CEO
Chief Flight Instructor

Education

B.S. Psychology, University of North Georgia

Specialties

Tailwheel, Aerobatics, Vintage/Antique Aircraft

Flight Hours

1,500+

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Nathan Mahan

Appleton, WI

Nathan Mahan Portrait

Director of Marketing &
Public Relations

Education

B.S. Business Administration & Marketing
University of North Georgia

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Nathan has been deeply involved in this adventure by default as you may have assumed due to him being the “better” half. When Jamie first birthed the idea of Discover Flight, Nathan was the one being bombarded with his ideas, success, failures, tears, and nonetheless persisted through it all. Nathan’s education and past research in the marketing field make this partnership even more productive, and we’re thankful to have him. He takes care of our marketing research, public relations and communication, and event planning. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, rowing, and feeding Cooper too many treats.

Cooper

Appleton, WI

Cooper Portrait

Director of Security, Greeting
Lead Mascot

Education

Ph.D., Napping and Treats, University of Dachshunds

Specialties

Treats

Flight Hours

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Online Team

Adam Sciupac, CFI

Santa Clara, CA

Adam Sciupac Portrait

Online Groundschool Instructor

Education

B.S. Economics, Utah Valley University

Specialties

General Learning/Training Processes, Airspace System

Flight Hours

500+

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Adam began flying when he was 16, but his aviation dreams started when he was 3 as he would go to his local airport to sit and watch airplanes. He climbed the certification ladder from Private, and eventually to Instructor certification and love every minute of the process. Jamie and Discover Flight, LLC even played a part in that process, and trust us, it was a long one filled with set backs and challenges; still, he persisted. Adam enjoys the opportunities he has to constantly perfect the art of flying, whether that is tailwheel flying on grass or instrument approaches in more complex aircraft. He currently flight instructs at Aerodynamic Aviation, located near San Francisco, CA, where he developed an understanding of what “stick and rudder” means, and tries to incorporate that into ever flying lesson he gives.

Ryan Lunde, CFII

Phoenix, AZ

Ryan Lunde Portrait

Online Groundschool Instructor

Education

B.S. Geology, University of Wyoming

Specialties

Primary Training, Tailwheel, Mountain Flying

Flight Hours

5,500+

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Ryan has been flying for nearly two decades and he’s passionate about flying light airplanes in remote places. After working at an office job for an energy company for five years, he decided that he was better at flying and pursued his goal to be a natural resource pilot. Ryan currently lives in Phoenix and flies for the Arizona Department of Game and Fish.  He believes in learning aircraft control in all realms of flight, and that the only way we get better as pilots is to challenge ourselves and to do things that make us uncomfortable from time to time.

Daniel Atkins, CFII, ATP

Charlotte, NC

Daniel Atkins Portrait

Online Groundschool Instructor

Education

B.S. Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Specialties

ATP, IFR Airspace System, Airlines, Foreign Pilot Training

Flight Hours

1,500+

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Daniel brings knowledge to us from a specific field that we don’t put much emphasis on: FAR 141 flight schools, and the air lines. Daniel has spent a lot of his flying career instructing foreign pilot applicants at a large, part 141 flight school, and then went on to become a CRJ First Officer for PSA Air Lines, a regional carrier for American Air Lines. We appreciate his perspective, and he is the go to guy for anything regulatory or technical.

Alexander Mielnicki

Pittsburgh, PA

Alexander Mielnicki Portrait

Technology Consultant & Webmaster

Education

B.S. Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
M.S. Information Systems, Drexel University

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Alex is a long-time friend who has been designing websites for over 10 years. When he heard about our business venture, he had to be apart of it. In addition to his knowledge of web design, he also works in Information Technology in Pittsburgh. He brings a wealth of experience in various technologies, and couldn’t be happier to serve as our Technology Consultant and Webmaster.